Dubai: Terming India's series of losses in final matches 'a crisis of character', former Board chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur has demanded greater transparency in selection procedures while advocating a 'golden handshake' for veteran speedsters Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad.
"The time has come for Prasad and Srinath to either take a long rest or they need a golden handshake before retirement," Dungarpur was quoted as saying by the 'Gulf News'. "All good things come to an end. Their end looks very much on the cards," he said. Dungarpur said left-arm seamers Ashish Nehra and Zaheer Khan can forge a very good combination for the future with Ajit Agarkar being the third dimension of the pace attack. "Ajit Agarkar is a good cricketer. He may have lived longer on promise, but he has the potential to be a top class cricketer," he said in an interview to the daily in Sharjah. Referring to India's recent loss to South Africa in the final of the triangular One- day series - the ninth straight defeat in final matches - Dungarpur said it was difficult to provide one specific reason for the continued bad performance in the big matches. "But of course it is a crisis of character." "Like in the days of old when troops followed the king, the Indian team follows Sachin as soon as he is out," he said. Calling for a greater transparency in selection of the team, Dungarpur lambasted the selection committee for keeping Nayan Mongia out.
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